Regulations & Guides


An important aspect for converting existing buildings to a sustainable manner is meeting regulations and guidelines, and with these older industry buildings it is important to keep a degree of the buildings heritage, whilst making the new design work efficiently to a good cost and material ratio. By adding newer materials and devices to minimise energy loss it is easy to lose the original shell of the building. If the building is listed, for example...
            •            Grade I - these buildings are considered to be of exceptional interest
            •            Grade II - these are particularly important buildings of more than special interest
            •            Grade III - these are buildings of special interest, warranting every effort to preserve them makes the restoration and renovation to sustainability much more difficult as alterations are difficult to get approved. The main changes to the physical building vary, focusing around the materials which are used. However, the key aspects are:
            •            Roofs (Further insulation, Solar panels, Materials)
            •            Walls (Masonry, Insulation, Internal usage)
            •            Windows (Glazing density & rating, Placement on wall/direction)
            •            Waste Reduction (Depending on building usage)
            •            Energy Production (Renewable energy types i.e Geothermal, Solar, Water Sources)
For more information, see the other existing building sections.
External Links & Further Reading:

Lincolnshire Country Council - Sustainability Guide

Channel 4 Homes - Eco Projects:
Lincoln County Council: Industrial Archeology:
Lincoln Heritage Website: Very useful for research and background into Lincoln’s history with maps, pictures, quotes etc:
Building Regulations Directory: Part A & L would be of most importance for existing buildings: